Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Stepping Back

Well, since I made the offer on the View, I've been in such turmoil (culminating in a sleepless night last night).  For many reasons, I emailed the seller and told him I was withdrawing my offer.

It took me so long to make up my mind about the View - that should have been a warning flag.  And then when I made the decision, I was feeling more dread than excitement.  To put it simply, paraphrasing Frank Sinatra:

It's the right rig
At the wrong time.                               

I've decided to stick to my original plan and continue saving until December.  There's no reason NOT to wait as I can't even travel now longer than a weekend.  I need to refocus now and finish my dissertation this summer.  And I keep forgetting one small detail - I don't have a permanent job yet.

I felt very sad & defeated when I (un)made the decision this AM.  Like I was giving up on a dream.  But I guess I'm just postponing it.

BTW if anyone wants a good price on a fantastic quality-built one-owner-babied motorhome, let me know and I'll post the link.


  1. I can so relate to the feelin of defeat. We get our hopes so high and then... gotta keep our eye on the prize, though! When it's right, we'll know it!

  2. Peace of mind now is very important. There will be another perfect rig when the time is right.

  3. You have to do what feels right, and remember, you haven't actually seen it. I saw photos of an RV on-line that was here in San Marcos, and I fell in love. That's the one that smelled like a sewer, and had chips everywhere on the table and counters. Very worn looking in person, but looked perfect in the photos. You may have withdrawn your offer after you got there. There will be others. But I can imagine your disappointment. When it's right, you'll do it! :)

  4. hmmm not sure what to say here. Sent you an e-mail. Maybe we'll get a chance to Skype sometime tomorrow. I do think this wasn't the right rig for you, but you already knew that.

    Keep Looking though !!

  5. You know Kimmer, I'm still thinking about that Lexington ?????

  6. How lucky that you paid attention to the fact that you were feeling more dread than excitement. Your sleepless night says a lot. I think that's how I felt every time I looked at a Class A and when I finally found the View I knew it was the right one for me. I think when it's time you'll find the right one and be excited about it.

  7. "More dread than excitement"?

    It sounds like it cost too much. You can try out almost all your ideas about RVing without committing to debt beyond your comfort level. If you take your time, you can find a dependable Class C right in your area for around $25K.

    I say this without actually knowing your area. But I know there's a constant glut of good used 10 year old RVs with less than 50K miles, everywhere I go. It comes from people who overpay to the point they can't overcome any unexpected obstacles to travel, and then wistfully let the thing sit unused in their driveways.

    Don't be those people. Buy from them.

    I say start out cheap. You can always ramp up later. Ideally you can get it reasonable enough to treat this adventure like a fling. It is, after all, supposed to be fun. "Going for broke" often ends in tears.

    Anyhow that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it.


  8. First of all congrats on being an official phd candidate! You've worked hard to get to this point. Good for you. It is so hard for me to just wait, be patient especially when I am anxioius about some of the basics (food, clothing, shelter stuff) and that anxiety makes me want to act, to resolve things now. I wonder if you might have some of that going on? Anyway, you halted yourself knowing that the time really is not right. Merikay is right. There will be another perfect rig at the right time. Hang in there...Be good to yourself.

  9. First, seems as is double congratulations are in order. It has to feel good to move closer to your goals. Second, how do I reach you regarding the link to a View?
    Diane C

  10. Hi Diane,

    I just looked for the ad and it is no longer there. He must have sold it. There is a Yahoo! group = View/Navion Owners, great bunch of folks, very helpful, and there is a classified section.

    Here's the link:

    Hope this helps!


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